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Frontline - Memory of the Camps (2006)

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ADWCV2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Sixty years ago (1945), Allied troops marching into Germany at the end of World War II found evidence of atrocities which have tortured the world's conscience ever since. As these troops entered Nazi concentration camps and faced the horrors of gas chambers, medical experimentation labs, crematoria, and haunted, starving survivors, they made a film record of what they saw. "Frontline" gave the film its first world broadcast in 1985.

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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should go to Air annually across the world !!!! July 31, 2006
By OzFrase
I am a white, middle aged, Australian male and try to pay attention to the needs of my family, friends and people in the local and global communities. This project is without doubt the single most graphic and convincing evidence I have ever experienced for my sense that we all need to take responsibility for ensuring our voice is ALWAYS heard.

This video has enabled me to have conversations with my teenage children, and their friends, that I hope will ensure their generation is a little better equipped to deal with the awesome challenges that await them.

But the video, watch all of it if you can, weep, rage and strengthen your resolve to do what is possible within your power to promote a legacy of - Never Again - for the countless people who were blameless victims of the worst evil humanity has ever had to confront.

I strongly advise that parents review the video personally if they have children 15-16 years or younger prior to allowing them (or not) to view it.
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142 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am at a loss for words March 7, 2006
By Jeremy
Having just watched this unbelievably powerful documentary, I am still shaken, and suspect I will be for days. The footage is simply incredible. No other film about WWII, fictional or non-fictional, captures the horror of the concentration camps as simply and powerfully as this.

It is the most disturbing, horrifying, and powerful pieces of film I have ever seen.
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply disturbing Holocaust footage... January 12, 2008
This shocking film was broadcast in the U.K. as "A Painful Reminder" in 1985-forty years after WW2; I never forgot how disturbing those images were.
Available now again on DVD it really is a must see, a really chilling experience for those who want to see for themselves a terrible and dark chapter of history.
In some scenes at Bergen-Belsen there are carefully filmed scenes of the German female so called "SS" guards being put to work. Over 30,000 corpses lay strewn on the ground when the British liberated this place of hell on earth.For fourteen days these inhuman specimens were made to clear the ground of these poor pathetic 'prisoners' into several mass graves.
Deeply upsetting 100% original war footage of SEVERAL camps are included here, not recommended for those easily perturbed, and, viewer discretion certainly required.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense May 15, 2009
This movie is disturbing on many levels. Watching Schindler's List is one thing...but to watch this movie and know you are watching cold, hard reality is an eyeopener. I doubt anyone can watch this movie and not wonder at all the individual lives lost, tormented, tortured and terminated. You heart grieves for them. You want to know where in the world this kind of thing is going on now, what you might be able to do to stop it.

You also wonder...if you had been a German in one of the surrounding towns...would you have also complied as thousands upon thousands were prisoned, starved and exterminated under your nose? Would your heart for humanity have allowed you to speak and take action or would your basic animal instinct to survive have kept you quiet and looking the other way?

Truly some harsh self examination must take place.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should see this DVD March 4, 2009
By Ex-Borg
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This shows the end result of the horrors that took place during the Holocaust. The real horrors were never filmed and quite frankly no one would want to watch someone being tortured.

This film, although being extremely graphic, can never convey the true demonic horrors that took place there. You see thousands of corpses dragged, carried etc into large pits for burial after the camps were liberated. The film explains that 30,000 corpses were there, you see piles and piles of them but now lets not forget that over 11,000,000 died in the Nazi concentration camps.
How can we even come close to understanding what took place there but this film is shocking enough to make you sick. The question: "How can one human treat another in such a horrible way?" keeps popping into your head when you are watching this.

I highly recommend this DVD and would give it more stars if I could.
This should be shown in schools and people should be taught to love one another, no matter who you are or where you're from. Let the deaths of these poor souls have some meaning in that we learn something from it.

On another note:
I was pleasantly surprised that the quality of the DVD was top-notch!
Too many holocaust DVDs that I have seen are encoded poorly and the film transfers look bad as well. The 'Memory of the Camps' DVD seems as if it's had the film transferred from the original film.

Highly recommend it, show your children, they will never forget the images and will understand what war can bring to mankind.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See May 11, 2009
I watched this video almost 15 years ago and it still remains one of the most vivid films I have ever seen. The fact that it is a silent movie makes it even more impressionable. I don't think I said a word as I watched it all those years ago and it still left an unforgettable mark on my mind. I finally bought this today because there are a few people I know who need to see this film. I think it is a must see for everyone whether they want to or not. We must make sure the future never forgets what happened all those years ago and that true evil does exist and if you ignore it, it will not just go away.
In September, I will be traveling to Munich for Oktoberfest which will be great, but the whole reason I wanted to go to Germany was to see one of these places for myself. Dachau will be one stop along the way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
This is not exactly date night material. I use it with my upper level students. Quite graphic, but needs to be seen.
Published 14 days ago by KenDay
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ruthless lay waste to Earth's Peoples
Sow and so shall ye reap: Turn off phones, other media and look carefully, miss no detail of this terror in the pit of inhumanity, a desolate wasteland of suffering---no bird... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lonesome Dove
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See
This is the most poignant, important documentary on the holocaust. I saw this as a child when it was first released on Frontline. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Never forget
You must watch this documentary. There is so much information that the average American surely was unaware of. Such as the number of death camps involved.
Published 1 month ago by Betty Koslow
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
I was very pleased with my order. My order exceeded my expectations. I had seen this when it aired on PBS and I happy to see it out on DVD. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Julia A Couch
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable resource.
I bought this video for my high school students to watch in 2005. I thought it was survivor stories. I didn't preview it before showing it to my students... Read more
Published 3 months ago by RnJ's Mama
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative
As with most documentaries of the holocaust, this film is laden with scenes of inhuman events.
The narration was difficult to understand at times. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gerald Reidsema
4.0 out of 5 stars Good video
Most of the videos I've seen from the concentration camps are poor quality footage. This is very clear (and sadly graphic) footage of the prisoners at the camp. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking & Disturbing
This is unlike any other video I have ever seen on this topic. It is very shocking and disturbing. The sad part is that it is all true.
Published 11 months ago by Meredith Schmitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Ugh...
It's one thing to read about it but to actually see the horrors that happened is sickening. Hard to believe this incredible cruelty occurred not so long ago.
Published 11 months ago by Deb
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